Flood watch updated

Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania

Flood Watch for the Derwent and South East catchments

Note: This Flood Watch is a “heads up” for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning.

Issued at 9:53am on Sunday 17 June 2018

By the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.

Flood Watch Number: 3

A flood watch continues for the River Derwent and catchments in the south east of Tasmania.

A low pressure system to the east of Tasmania will move away over the Tasman Sea today as a ridge builds to the west, resulting in a fresh to strong southerly stream over the state. Rainfall showers will continue about the west, south and east of Tasmania for the remainder of Sunday into Monday.

In the 48 hours to 9am Sunday, up to 60 to 70mm of rainfall was observed in the Huon and western parts of the Derwent catchments. These catchments are wet and small amounts of rainfall are causing renewed stream level rises. Other catchments in the South east including the Jordan and Coal are now also wet with some stream rises being observed.

A further 25-30mm of rainfall is expected across the south east of Tasmania on Sunday into Monday, with higher totals possible in elevated areas.

A minor flood warning is current for the Huon River, significant rises have also been observed in the Styx River. Further catchment specific warnings will be issued if and when required.

River rises are likely in smaller rivers and creeks that received high rainfall totals in May, including the Plenty and Mountain rivers, potential for rises in the Coal and Jordan rivers..

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Derwent River

Jordan River

Coal River

East Coastal Rivers (south of Bicheno)

South East

Note: This Flood Watch is a “heads up” for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning. The Bureau of Meteorology does not provide a flood warning service for all of the catchments covered by this flood watch. For more information on the Flood Watch Service: http://www.bom.gov.au/water/floods/floodWarningServices.shtml

For the latest warnings see www.bom.gov.au/tas/warnings

For the latest rainfall and river level information see www.bom.gov.au/tas/flood

For the latest weather forecast see www.bom.gov.au/tas/forecasts

Flood Safety Advice:

FloodSafe advice is available at www.ses.tas.gov.au

Road closure information is available at www.police.tas.gov.au

For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.

For life threatening situations, call 000 immediately.

Next Issue:

The next Flood Watch will be issued by 10am on Monday 18 June 2018.

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